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Opuntia ellisiana /Thornless Prickly Pear

Opuntia ellisiana  / Opuntia ellisiana
Large leaf pads with flower buds along the margins
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Large leaf pads with flower buds along the margins

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Scientific Name: Opuntia ellisiana
Common Name: Thornless Prickly Pear
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow, Red
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: This hybrid cactus is spineless and has bright yellow flowers in late summer followed by red pears into fall. The fruit is edible. It is the slowest growing of the spinelsss opuntias. It is at home in the xeriscape and in containers.